Thigpen Named Preseason All-American by ESPN.com
Aug. 14, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Junior running back/kick returner Marcus Thigpen has been named a preseason All-American at kick returner by ESPN.com's Ivan Maisel. Thigpen averaged 30.1 yards per kickoff return and ran three kicks back for touchdowns in 2006.
Thigpen was honored by several publications following the 2006 campaign, as he earned All-America nods from Pro Football Weekly, ESPN.com, rivals.com, scout.com and SI.com. Thigpen finished second in the nation in yards per kickoff return to Oklahoma State's Grant Jones, while his three touchdowns were tops in the country.
He recorded his third TD sprint of the season at Illinois on Oct. 7, matching a Big Ten single-season record held by Purdue's Stan Brown (1970) and Michigan State's DeAndra Cobb (2003) and putting him atop the Indiana career touchdown return list.
In his top performance of the season, Thigpen racked up a school-record 197 return yards on four kickoffs (49.3 average) in the Hoosiers' thrilling 34-32 victory over the Fighting Illini. Additionally, Thigpen gained a career-high 91 yards on the ground, including a career-long, 44-yard rush, and had 23 receiving yards. His 311 all-purpose yards is the fourth-best single-game effort in Indiana history.
The Detroit native also ran kicks back against Connecticut (88 yards) and Ball State (100 yards). He became the third player in IU history to return a kick 100 yards for a score, joining Derin Graham (vs. Wisconsin, 10/3/98) and Freal McIntosh (vs. Washington & Lee, 1915).
Thigpen finished the season with 723 return yards, the third most in IU history. He holds the longest (100-yarder at Ball State) and second-longest (98-yarder at Illinois) kick returns in school history.
The Hoosiers are in their second week of preseason practices, and will play in the only scrimmage of the season on Saturday, Aug. 18, which will be the team's annual Fan Day. The event is scheduled to kick off at 2 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.
The west stands will be open to the public. Following the scrimmage, players and coaches will be available for autographs and photographs. Additionally, fans will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the 2007 season.
For more information on tickets, call the IU Athletics Ticket Office at 866-IUSPORTS.
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